Will You Be Ready When Your Life Ends?
Trying to prepare for when your life ends is not always going to be easy.
That said it is important to try and get as many of your life affairs in order as possible.
So, will you be ready when your life ends?
Take the Time Now to Plan
While you do not want to think about the inevitable, it is to your benefit to have a plan in place for when that time comes.
Among some of the areas of most importance:
- Will – Having a will in place allows you to have your wishes carried out. One such wish is where your financial assets will go once you’ve passed away. Even if you do not have a lot of money, you want those you care for to not have to worry. Have in writing where any money, property, personal possessions will end up going. This will be one less thing you need to worry about. If you do not have a will in place and any immediate beneficiaries, the state may end up having to take care of the matter.
- Family – Unfortunately, some deaths cause more than the normal amount of anguish. In some cases, there will be battles over who gets what. By getting your affairs in order before you die, you can ease many of these fears. Even though it can be uncomfortable for many families to talk about, have that discussion. This will let everyone know what your intentions are.
- Pets – One hard thing for one who knows they’re dying or even in unexpected deaths is what will happen to one’s pets. Let it known ahead of time where your pet or pets should go once you’ve passed on. If they are family pets, it only makes sense for them to stay with those that love them and vice-versa. If you are on your own, do you have a relative or close friend who could take in the pet or pets once you are gone? Given how pets become members of the family from day one, think about their futures after you are gone.
- Resting place – Last, where would you like to buried? For some people, it is an easy call to make. For others, it can be difficult both in what kind of burial to have and where to rest forever. If you have a favorite spot, it would make sense for you to end up there. Have you thought about a burial at sea service? For those who love the water, this kind of service makes sense. Once you’ve been cremated, you can have your ashes scattered in the ocean. If you spent years out on the ocean, you more than likely fell in love with it over time. Be sure to get all the details in writing so that those charged with burying you will know exactly what you want.
Given how fast-paced life can be for so many people, making sure one’s plans are in order can be difficult.
With that being the case, be sure you are a good planner now and down the road.